Right to die
Reading your article on Dr Ian GwynneRobson (December 3) made me angry.
First, do no harm, how much emotional harm does he think is done when a patient is being forced to suffer when they just want it to end? Also the suffering of those watching them suffering? Being given a diagnosis of a terminal illness does not make you a vulnerable person. I have been there and if someone described me as vulnerable I would have been insulted.
I was strong and stubborn, and having an illness did not mean I could no longer think for myself.
I was fully aware of what was happening to me, and had I reached the point where, if legally available, I would have asked for assistance to die.
It is acknowledged around the world that palliative care cannot relieve all pain.
His superior attitude shows that he would rather see people refuse food and water, and die painfully over 1-4 weeks. Should my cancer return I would refuse to be put under Hospice care due to their refusal to acknowledge an individual’s right to decide for themselves.
Esther Richards, Tauranga